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Oh, one more thing ...

After Jesus had completed the plan of salvation by ushering in the New Covenant, He made a number of post-resurrection appearances.  These creator-visits were very pointed in purpose. He did not come back to make small talk or chit-chat about old times.   For example, John adds a post script to his gospel by adding what is designated as Chapter 21. It seems that John puts the pen down, then after thoughtful contemplation says, "Oh, one more thing..."

Here the dialogue is principally with Peter.  Peter and other young disciples decide to go back to fishing as a career. The hint to what is going on is that the crew caught a large amount of fish and the nets did not break. This is a clue that they bought all new equipment.  Jesus asks, do you love me more than these [fish]?  After denying Jesus a short while before, Peter was stuck. He had to submit to Christ and he did.  Although Peter was regarded by contemporaries as ordinary and uneducated, he with the others and, of course, the Holy Spirit, turned the world upside down.  It may be that in the midst of your career, the Lord asks the same question. "Do you love me more than life as you know it?"

As a generation we are more equipped to disciple the nations than at any other time in history.  We are not specifically called to evangelize the nations.  That may be a part of discipleship, but after 150 years of modern missions, evangelism has, for the most part, not worked to produce generations of people in "receiving" countries that are prepared to equip others.

Nations of the world are not asking westerners to do evangelism, church planting, church growth, education, business, government, healthcare; they are asking us to help them to do it.  Will you be part of the movement to disciple the nations? For you see, at the end of His time on earth, Jesus is quoted as saying, "Now therefore go and make disciples of the nations" [Matthew 28:19].  The sense we get from scripture then, is that the first thing Jesus may ask us in glory is, "What did you do with my last request?"  What is your life-response?

Nelson Malwitz, April 2009

Pastor of Nairobi, Kenya wrote:

I have been doing alot of study about how we do church, and am more and more convinced that at a certain time we took the wrong turn as the community of believers, and now find ourselves not meeting the goal for which we launched out. Strange that the lord made it all so simple, yet we complicate things to our detriment.

The answer is in Matthew 28:19-20 (disciples and nations). We are to teach them, not do it for them. I agree with you totally.

Durward of Palestine, Texas wrote:

I too have found considerable blockades to serving Jesus Christ as He commanded. I have served with several large and small organizations in the US, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

My passion is to serve and set up an leadership institute in the area of St. Petersburg, Russia and in Slovakia. I have operated an international prayer chain on the Internet since 1997. I am currently writing training materials (Bible Studies) that are delivered free and without restriction or obligation to pastors in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawa, and Russia.

In July I will be 72 and still have a burning passion to comply with Matthew 28:19, 20, and 2 Timothy 2:2. If this is a possibility within your organization I would be very interested in talking more.

Seems like you are already very busy, but now want to do something different or something more. Since you have extensive experience, we suggest you complete a profile, see what organizations match your passion and experience, then make a proposal for ministry. Mission organizations are very open to you taking initiative.

Francois of Gauteng, South Africa wrote:

This is so exiting as I am currently working on a website which will assist everyone to comply with Matthew 28:19. Please look out for www.thelordscross.org which will launch July 2009.

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